What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
750 GB bandwidth
4 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...